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New Metro Rule Could Turn Food Scraps Into Renewable Energy

Portland Tribune | July 18, 2017 9:39 a.m.

Metro to set rules to divert food scraps from landfill by requiring businesses to separate it for recycling, then convert it to electricity or biogas.

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Oregon House To Reconsider Bill Adding Secrecy For Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2017 2:42 p.m.

A bill was pulled from the Oregon House floor and returned to committee over concerns about language that would make secret railroad spill contingency plans and financial responsibility documents.

Energy | Environment

PacifiCorp Looks To Expand Wind Energy As Coal Plants Retire

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 2:18 p.m.

PacifiCorp is moving forward with a 20-year plan that reduces its use of coal-fired power while expanding investments in wind energy.

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Opponents Call Vancouver Oil Terminal 'Bad Plan' While Supporters Tout Jobs

OPB | June 8, 2017 10:59 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

More than 100 people testified before the Washington state energy board in Vancouver. It was one of the last opportunities for the public to sound off on a proposed oil terminal there.

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Portland Wants All Renewable Energy By 2050

OPB | June 1, 2017 6:36 p.m. | Portland

Portland leaders say all of the city’s energy will come from renewable sources by the year 2050.

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Trump Expected To Pull US From Paris Climate Accord, Official Says

AP | May 31, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Washington

President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final.

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Washington Governor To Meet Canadian PM, Then Depart On Trade Mission To Mexico

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2017 7:15 a.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will spend the next few days focused on trade with Canada and Mexico. Thursday he will meet in Seattle with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. After that Inslee leaves on a trade mission to Mexico.

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Oregon's Congressional Delegation Pushes Bill To Prepare For Railroad Derailments, Spills

OPB | April 28, 2017 2:32 p.m. | Portland

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation introduced a bipartisan bill Friday to help towns and cities prepare for serious railroad incidents.

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Trump Signs Order To Expand Offshore Drilling, Halt Marine Sanctuaries

NPR | April 28, 2017 9:11 a.m.

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, in a move welcomed by the oil and gas industry and greeted with alarm by environmental groups.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley Launches Bill To Completely Phase-Out Fossil Fuels In US

OPB | April 27, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

Called the "100 by 50 Act," it aims to run 100 percent of the country on clean and renewable energy by 2050.

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Jordan Cove Donates Big To Squash Measure Opposing Oregon LNG Terminal

The Coos Bay World | April 21, 2017 2:51 p.m. | Coos County, Oregon

Opponents to a proposed ballot measure that threatens pipeline and liquid natural gas projects are funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into Coos County to ensure that the ordinance fails.

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Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery Hits Snag In Permit Approval

OPB | April 20, 2017 10:37 a.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology wants more information before deciding whether to approve a shoreline permit for a controversial methanol refinery in Kalama.

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Northwest Nuclear Plant Penalized For Improperly Shipping Radioactive Waste

Northwest News Network | April 11, 2017 4:45 p.m.

The NRC said the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington improperly packaged, mislabeled and shipped too-hot radioactive waste.

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Life In A Town For Sale | Education Goals In The Oregon Legislature | Prison Lockdown | Oregon Dept. Of Energy

OPB | April 10, 2017 noon

A small town in Southern Oregon is for sale. What are the legislature's statewide education goals? How does the Oregon Dept. of Corrections handle riots? An overhaul of the state Department of Energy is being proposed.

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Oil Transport Safety Bill Clears Key Washington State House Committee

AP | March 31, 2017 2:11 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

The version that passed Thursday would raise the tax that is collected on crude oil received by vessel or trains by 2.5 cents a barrel, from 4 cents to 6.5 cents.

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Govs. Inslee And Brown Band Together To Challenge Trump's Energy Plans

OPB | March 25, 2017 4:28 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington are banding together in support of clean energy.

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Demolition Resumes At Hanford Plutonium Plant

AP | March 11, 2017 3:02 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has resumed after radioactive contamination was detected in a rubble pile.

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Port Of Vancouver Extends Oil Terminal Lease

OPB | March 7, 2017 6:55 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A Vancouver project to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country will continue for now.

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Seattle Votes To Divest From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline

AP | Feb. 7, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Seattle

The Seattle City Council has voted to cut ties with banking giant Wells Fargo over its role as a lender to the Dakota Access pipeline project as well as other business practices.

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Trump's Victory Creates Uncertainty For Renewable Energy Industry

AP | Jan. 22, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Honolulu

President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency's value. What this means for states' efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question.